“I Just Play”

An anchor on one of our local tv stations frequently shares his beautiful photos on the station’s Facebook page.

A few weeks ago, he posted an amazing picture of the sunset in an area similar to where we live…. water, marsh grass, etc. There were many, many compliments on his photo. And, there was this comment:

Nice, now what was the subject if it was the sun then the grass is in the way but if it was the grass the sun compliments it, a successful landscape image needs to contain at least 3 elements. Or the image should make the viewer see at least 3 things. Here’s the tricky part, the 3 things can be but don’t have to be objects. By objects I mean trees, rocks, mountains and such. The 3 things can also be any combination of the physical objects and contrasting colors, repeating patterns, negative space vs. positive space, the color of the light, the angle of the light, shadows, silhouettes, seasonal colors, opposites (like blue clouds and white sky as opposed to blue sky and white clouds), reflections, seeing what is under the surface of the water and on and on. Try to include one of these non-objects in as many shots as you can, they will make your landscapes stand out.”


And in response to that comment, the anchor (who is, obviously, a class act), replied:  “That’s why photography is an art. I just play.”.       ~ Tom Schaad

Me, too, Tom.

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Me, too.

~These Days Of Mine~


21 responses to ““I Just Play”

  1. You do a lovely job of “just playing” !


  2. Yes, you do a beautiful job of “just playing.” From what I have viewed and enjoy in other people’s photos are odd numbers: 3, 5, no more than 7. As I look at this lovely photo, depending on how closely I look, first I see 3, then 5.

  3. I could look at that photograph all day…simply beautiful!

  4. A class act, that anchorman of yours.

  5. Why did that person feel he/she had to judge? I just enjoy the beauty. I feel sorry for people who can’t enjoy beauty for it’s own sake.

  6. You play beautifully Dianna! This is a lovely picture with awesome light and colors. Golden lovely! I am with Jill, I could look at your photograph all day. It gives me a sense of peace, makes my heart happy. I am always ready to learn something when it comes to picture taking…. BUT for the most part, I say hooey on all those photography rules and just click a picture that makes your heart happy! I really really enjoyed this blog post today Dianna! I got a big kick out of Mr. Schaad’s response to the comment… 😛

  7. Another frame worthy photo. Just beautiful.

  8. i like your ‘toys’. 🙂

  9. I love it! I hope to remember that comment next time I receive some “constructive” criticism. 😉

  10. It is not 3 things. It is the impression of the whole on my emotions.

  11. This is beautiful – the anchors response was spot-on! Glad you take photographs for the love of the scene w/o overthinking, some folks are really full of themselves and technical and forget to come-up and smell the roses.

  12. Ditto! But, now I will be looking for the 3 elusive things……. 🙂

  13. OMG that was funny! Actually that is my mantra for life–“I just play”!
    Many people have asked you “do you sell or display your work”, and you always say that you do it for the fun of it. The best part is you share with us fortunate enough to know your work …… I mean play!

  14. Photography is like life, if you ask me. If you take it too seriously, it isn’t any fun. We know how to have fun, Dianna. And if we end up with pretty pictures to tell our story, that just adds more fun. So I’m with you all the way!

  15. Love his reply .. !
    The critic here will miss so many amazing photo opportunities because he’ll be too busy setting up the perfect shot for the elusive ‘ 3 ‘ …
    Better to do it our way ( and Tom Schadd’s way..)

    notquiteold said it best : “it’s the impression of the whole on my emotions.”

  16. Schaad … oops !

  17. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    I would say we have two class-acts when it comes to playing.

  18. Your photos may be “play” to you, but they’re amazing! Don’t sell yourself short! ~ Sheila

  19. I love it!!!! 🙂

  20. Olde Towne Photos

    Me, three You make no mistakes when you’re just messing about. Love my friend Tom and his beautiful wife, Crystal.

  21. It’s nice to have such great toys and subjects to play with!

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